- Red Room Library
- Unlocked Image Library
- John Morony 2010
- Dillwynia Correction Centre 2010
- Dawn de Loas Correctional Centre, Silverwater 2011
- Mannus Correctional Centre 2011
- Dillwynia Correction Centre 2012
- Balund-a 2012
- Short documentary about Balund-a Unlocked Project 2012
- South Coast Correctional Centre 2012
- The Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre 2013
- John Morony 2013
- Unlocked at Sydney Writers Festival 2013
- The Red Room Company at Oolong House 2014
- South Coast Correctional Centre 2014
- Mid North Coast Correctional Centre 2014
- Dillwynia Correction Centre 2014
- The Compulsory Drug Treatment Correctional Centre 2015
- John Morony 2015
- Silverwater Women's 2016
- Balund-a 2016 (NAIDOC Week)
- South Coast Correctional Centre 2016
- Balund-a 2017
CDTCC Poets, MNCCC Poets, SCCC Poets, Ali Cobby Eckermann, Dawn De Loas Poets, Lionel Fogarty, Philip Hammial, Gareth Jenkins, Gayle Kennedy, Dillwynia Poets, John Morony Poets, Silverwater Poets, SOLO, MC Trey, Lindsay Tuggle, Rob Wilson
The Red Room Company relies on the generous support of individuals, corporations, government funding bodies and philanthropic foundations.
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“The Unlocked program was excellent, and speaking on behalf of the resident participants, it was inspiring for them learning how to put their feelings into words and song. Everything was from the heart - the words put into the poems came directly from the heart and it will be remembered for the rest of their lives.” ~ Chris Walker - Bundjalung Elder - Balund-a mentor, 2016
Unlocked is an innovative creative literacy program developed and run by Red Room Poetry in collaboration with poets and educational staff from NSW Correctional Centres. The program unlocks the potential of inmates through the reflective and healing power of poetry, encouraging self-expression that helps people write and share their stories to reconnect with their families and communities.
Since 2010, Unlocked has worked with over 250 inmates, inviting Australian poets and rappers into Correctional Central to support intensive writing workshops, working with the students on every stage of the writing process, from the initial exercises and experimentations, through the editing and rewriting process, to recording, performing and publishing their work in meaningful ways.
Celebrating Red Room Poetry’s 20th Unlocked program, from July 31- Aug 3, 2017 participants at Balund-a (Tabulam) will work with Murri poet, Lionel Fogarty, Murri musician, Joe Geia, Bundjalung Elder Lewis Walker, as well as local artists Roy Gordon and Gilbert Laurie from ACE Community Colleges to create poetry, music and art for cultural celebrations at Balund-a. Poems and songs written during the week of workshops will be translated and recorded in Bundjalung with the support of local language holders and Elders. On August 3, the local community will visit Balund-a to celebrate the poetic, musical and artistic achievements of the participants in a NAIDOC - inspired event.
Poetry has the power to transform lives and create lasting positive social impact. Through poetic programs like Unlocked, we bring writing, music, art and translation together to improve literacy and expression for the students with the aim to begind healing and reduce recidivism.
Click here to find out what to expect from an Unlocked program.
"This creative education program works to enhance literacy and expression in its many forms. Through conversations with staff, facilitators and the participating residents in the weeks following, it has been noted that as a result of the Unlocked Poetry Project the residents engage with increased self-confidence, increased self-worth, improved communication skills and a revived passion towards the Arts as an outlet for dealing with emotion. We look forward to future visits … adding to the holistic approach to breaking the cycle of offending.” ~ Rachel Soliman Operations Manager, Balund-a & Richard Heycock General Manager, Balund-a
Support Unlocked at Balund-a 2017
With your support, Unlocked will be run during NAIDOC week 2017 and will bring poets, visual artists and musicians to support the inmates and communities at Balund-a, NSW.
Donations of $2 or more to The Red Room Company in Australia are tax deductible for Australian tax-payers.
After each Unlocked program, student poems are collected into an anthology available via the Red Room Store for only $10. All proceeds support future Unlocked programs.
For more information
Contact Director, Dr Tamryn Bennett 02 9319 5090.